The Telugu Desam Party had zeroed in on the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Vijayawada for its chief Chandrababu Naidu’s day long protest to be held on November 14. The protest is planned in support of the construction workers, who have lost their livelihood with the new sand policy of the government. As the sand supply is restricted and now not available for the past three months, the TDP had taken up the issue to fight against the government.
The TDP and the Jena Sena have held long march protest in Visakhapatnam on November 3 against the failure of the government in sand supply. The two parties have blamed the government for its failure and alleged that over 30 lakh construction workers across the state were starving and at least a dozen workers committed suicide. The TDP and the Jana Sena demanded that the government pay Rs 10,000 each to the construction workers every month and Rs 25 lakh to the families of those who committed suicide.
After the long march in Visakhapatnam, the TDP is heading to hold a state wide protest with Chandrababu Naidu himself sitting in dharna. The TDP wants to hold the protest for 12 hours from 8 am to 8 pm to highlight the problems of the construction workers and failure of the government. Both Jana Sena and the TDP are working together in the State as opposition and the day long protest is likely to be a joint event, if the understanding between the two parties are to be believed.
The TDP leaders have sought permission from the city police for Chandrababu Naidu’s protest. They have asked the police to give them the Indira Gandhi Stadium for the protest, where Naidu held day long protest, Dharma Porata Deeksha, as chief minister. It is to be seen if he would succeed this time in the protest or not.